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“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.”
— C. S. Lewis


Depression is not always understood…  sometimes psychologists offer
a diagnosis or friends and family may offer support…

Other times not so much.

van_gogh_small-1Different types of depression
and the symptoms:

1.  Loss of interest in activities that you
used to enjoy.

2.  Desire to avoid social occasions.

3.  Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
(often with no logical basis) .

4.  Changes in appetite
(overeating or loss of interest in food)

5.  Excessive tiredness.

6.  Changes in speed of your movement noticeable to others.

7.  Changes in sleeping patterns: reduced or excessive

8.  Suicidal thoughts, thoughts the world better without you.

This condition may be
called other names:
Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Mood disorder, Mental illness, Schizophrenia, etc.

Here is a test to determine if you are depressed

And here are ways to treat depression…

layout_tm1_poster.indd1. Keep active.

–15 to 30 minutes of physical activity may improve mood
–Long-term regular exercise can help prevent recurrence.

2. Eat well.

Well-balanced eating
helps you feel better.
— Eat more whole grains, beans and vegetables.
— Eat regular meals, especially breakfast.
— Increase your intake of cold-water fish:
salmon, halibut, tuna and bluefish.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine, they make depression and/or anxiety more intense or severe.


3. Get adequate sleep.

Aim for eight hours a night,
and be consistent with bedtime.

4. Control stress.

Coping with depression is stressful enough,  so try to limit other sources of stress.
Simplify your schedule and prioritize.
Get organized so you know where to find things you need.
If you need a break, take it.  Take a day trip, bus ride, bicycle trip or a
weekend getaway.

Recognize stress signals and slow downstomach upset?
forgetting things or feeling extra irritable?

health_care_reform5.Stay Connected.

Make relationships a priority.
Social ties give you a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
— Recognize the importance of
give and take.

Cultivate your spirituality
or sense of well-being.

Avoid negative and unhealthy connections.

umbrellaMayo Clinic
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55902
United States
Psych Central – Depression Screening Test
Test your depressive feelings today and track them over time.
(Illustrations by Shannon Wheeler & Vincent Van Gough)
Rainbow Umbrella picture from Waterfront Blues Festival (2012) by Peter C. Little

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“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” — Fred Rogers

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